Drug crimes are among the most common offenses prosecuted in California courts. Depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved in the incident, a conviction can lead to serious criminal penalties, from jail or prison time to hefty fines, and lengthy probations. Drug convictions will give you a permanent criminal record that can hinder your ability to find employment, housing, or be eligible for educational aid or professional career licenses. Putting an experienced defense lawyer on your case is highly recommended in fighting back. Depending on your case, a strong defense may lead to reduced charges and/or sentencing, a case dismissal, a not-guilty verdict, or, where applicable, to a diversion program that can keep you out of jail.
At Davalos Defense Law Firm, we are dedicated to vigorously protecting your rights and giving you our best effort, both in and out of court. We are well aware of how a drug conviction can negatively affect your life, both now and in the future. We can raise a legal defense on your behalf after thoroughly investigating all of the circumstances of your arrest and charges. Our Pasadena drug crimes attorney brings over a decade of intensive legal experience to your defense.
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Drug Crimes in California
Drug crimes in California are based on a “schedule” of controlled substances, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, and more. When found with these drugs or prescription medicines obtained illegally, you will be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the situation. Drug crimes related to marijuana have their own separate law.
Drug crimes can include:
- Simple possession, also known as possession for personal use
- Possession with the intent to sell
- Drug sales
- Manufacture or cultivation
- Drug trafficking
One of the most common drug crimes is simple possession of an illegal drug which is typically charged as a misdemeanor. This carries up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, instead of jail time, the court may impose probation with certain conditions that must be fulfilled.
“Possession” generally means that the drug was in your control, which can not only mean on your person, but in your car, your home, your office, or some other location to which you had access. This crime may be charged as a felony in cases where you had a prior conviction for some other serious felony.
For nonviolent offenders of simple possession, you may be eligible for a drug treatment program, known as a diversion program, instead of jail time. If successfully completed, your charges will be dismissed and you will not have a criminal record for this crime going forward.
All other drug crimes carry more serious penalties.
Marijuana in California
Recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state for those over the age of 21. California’s marijuana law allows you to possess up to 28.5 grams for your own use. However, it is illegal to possess marijuana at schools or other centers where children are present. Possession of more than 28.5 grams is charged as a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, your first priority should be to bring in attorney who is experienced in this matter. Attorney Jacqueline Davalos has handled thousands of cases during her career, including countless jury trials in court. This extensive experience can only work to your advantage in building a strong defense and seeking the best possible outcome.
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